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Connellsville council to vote on abandoned building ordinance

By Mark Hofmann 7:52 a.m.
Connellsville City Council will vote on an abandoned building ordinance after two months of tweaking parts of the ordinance. The Vacant or Abandoned Structure Registration and Maintenance Code ordinance was developed by the city’s health board and was introduced as a resolution to council in May. But during that May …

Vanderbilt church to hold vacation Bible school

By Beth Lynn
Vanderbilt Church of Christ vacation Bible school, with the theme “International Spy Academy,” will be held from 6 to 8:30 tonight through Friday for children in preschool through 12th grade. Registration starts at 5:45 p.m. Closing program will be held …

N. Belle Vernon councilman calls for joint effort on events

By Joe Napsha
A North Belle Vernon councilman is seeking the support of other Mon Valley municipalities in a joint effort to publicize and promote activities and events at their community parks in Washington, Fayette and Westmoreland counties. By getting multiple municipalities to …

Southmoreland School District approves 2014-15 budget

By Paul Paterra 6:28 a.m.
It might have come a bit later than planned, but the Southmoreland School District has a budget for the 2014-15 school year that includes a tax increase. During a special meeting on Saturday morning, the board voted, 6-3, to approve …

Dunbar Scout’s Eagle project pays tribute to ‘Irishtown’

By Marilyn Forbes
In the mid-1800s, a large group of families of Irish descent built homes and formed tight communities high in the Dunbar Mountains in an area …

Belle Vernon students to get a dose of ‘reality’

By Chris Buckley
At Belle Vernon Area High School once a month, students will get a first-hand look at the dangers and consequences of drug addiction through the Reality Tour. Its powerful message for teens is being embraced not only by the school …

PennDOT plans upgrades to Fayette County highways, bridges

By Karl Polacek
The increase in state transportation funds is allowing PennDOT to plan upgrades to highways and bridges and is providing funds for public transit in Fayette County. Projects that have started include resurfacing on Route 119 from Route 43 in Springhill …

Fayette parents sue hospitals, blood bank, doctor over infant son’s death

By Bob Stiles
The parents of a Fayette County baby have sued hospitals, a doctor, the Central Blood Bank of Pittsburgh and the Institute for Transfusion Medicine over their 2-month-old son’s death, attributed in part to a tainted blood transfusion. Christopher and Cassi …

‘Connellsville Day’ planned at PNC Park

By Linda Harkcom
This summer, PNC Park in Pittsburgh will be filled with music performed by Connellsville Area High School’s Mighty Falcon Marching Band and Chorus. The musically talented students have been invited to perform at the Pittsburgh Pirates 1:35 p.m. game against …

Effort to redevelop Connellsville gets financial boost

By Karl Polacek
Connellsville has received a boost in the drive to help fund economic development. Fayette County Cultural Trust announced that the FirstEnergy Foundation will donate $100,000 in $25,000 installments over four years to help redevelop the city’s downtown area and provide …

Fayette County jury finds man guilty of assault in attack on woman with rock

By Liz Zemba
A West Virginia man accused of hitting a woman in the head with a rock and knocking her unconscious was acquitted of an attempted homicide charge on Thursday, but he was taken to jail when a jury found him guilty …

Fayette County jail project clears hurdle

By Tribune-Review
Fayette County’s planning commission on Thursday gave conditional final approval to a land development plan for a new jail, according to Sara Rosiek, director of planning, zoning and community development. The $32 million Justice and Rehabilitation Center is to be …

Judge denies Fayette County couple’s request for trial in death of infant daughter

By Liz Zemba
A Fayette County couple who claimed their attorneys gave them bad advice when they pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in their daughter’s death have been denied a trial. Robert D. Dodson, 59, and Tammy J. Bohon, 38, are serving 41⁄2 …

Ex-owner of Fayette County sex club cited over illegal camping

By Liz Zemba
The former owner of a private club in Fayette County has been cited under the zoning ordinance because advertisements indicate the site is being used for camping. Thomas Wajda, who no longer operates the clothing-optional Mountain Retreat along Route 40 …

Connellsville Township Supervisors will send 4 employees to CDL class

By Mark Hofmann
Connellsville supervisors voted on Thursday on sending four township employees to a required CDL class this month. Secretary Leah Brothers said the federal government is requiring those township employees or elected officials with a commercial driver’s license or those who …

Connellsville controller charged with disorderly conduct

By Mark Hofmann
Connellsville’s city controller was arrested on Thursday. State police at Uniontown charged Blaine Michael Brooks, 27, of 514 E. Green St. with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest at District Judge Richard Kasunic II’s office. The charges stem from an incident …

Buchanan School Reunion to be held Sunday

By Pam Porterfield
The 10th annual Buchanan School Reunion will be held 5 p.m. Sunday at the Ridge Community Center at the intersection in White. Anyone who ever attended the Buchanan School, their spouse and friends are invited to attend. Please bring a …

Uniontown man accused of shooting dog in phone fight

By Tribune-Review
A Fayette County man is accused of shooting a dog during a dispute over a cellphone. Christian Palm, 21, of Uniontown, is charged by city police with simple assault, reckless endangerment, terroristic threats, criminal trespass and animal cruelty. In a …

Game commission officer: Deer in East Huntingdon possibly had ‘severe infection’

By Karl Polacek
A doe that reportedly attacked Rachael McGough, manager of the Sherwin Williams store, in the Countryside Shopping Center in East Huntingdon on Tuesday morning was probably not ill with any disease that would infect humans. WCO Michael Papinchak, the game …

Fayette County burglar gets 3-6 years in prison

By Liz Zemba
A Fayette County burglar who police said likened herself to one of the Three Musketeers because she believed she could enter homes undetected and abscond with thousands of dollars worth of valuables will serve up to six years in prison …

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